Who gives admission, is it Jamb or University? Candidates want to find out who offers admission into the University especially after writing Jamb examination.
This has brought about arguments by both candidates and students who sat for Jamb examination and those who have successfully gained admission.
Both the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Universities play crucial roles in the admission process. They both work hand in hand to determine the admission process and the number of students to admit.
Granting admission into the University is a collective responsibility. Both parties depend on each other to effectively carry out the admission process.
How Jamb Gives Admission Into The University?
Jamb was established in the year 1978 with the primary purpose of admitting students into a tertiary institution. Jamb offers admission into the University through the following processes.
#1. Registering candidates
It is the duty of Jamb to register candidates who desire admission into the University. Candidates must meet the requirements before registering. To register, candidates are to visit any Jamb credited center with their WAEC result, Jamb profile code and Jamb form.
#2. Organizing the UTME Examination
The examination board has the responsibility of organizing the examinations. The examination holds annually and interested candidate sits for the exam. The board handles the examination date, venue, questions and scoring.
#3. Marking and Scoring the script
After candidates are done writing the examination, the board marks, and releases each student’s score. The mark you get depends on your performance while answering the question. The questions are objectives and are 50 in number, Use of English alone contains 100 questions.
#4. Releasing University Cutoff marks
Jamb is responsible for releasing cutoff marks for all Nigerian Universities. There are factors responsible for each year’s cutoff marks. Although Universities can decide to either increase or decrease the cutoff marks accepted by Jamb.
#5. Issuing of Admission Letter
Candidates who gain admission usually receive a congratulatory letter of admission from Jamb. Candidates who receive this letter presents it to the university to further admission process.
How Universities Offer Admission
On the other hand, universities play the role of offering admission through the following ways;
#1. Creating Admission Space
The total number of students who gain admission into the University is determined by many factors. Space is a very significant factor. Each university handles the total amount of students who will gain admission.
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#2. Releasing The Cutoff Marks
The university may decide to agree or disagree with Jamb cutoff mark. For instance, Jamb set university cutoff to 180, instead the University of Ibadan chose 200. The cutoff marks are determined by certain factors which are;
the total amount of students that chose the institution and the overall student’s performance.
#3. Screening of Candidates
It is the responsibility of the University to screen candidates to confirm if they are qualified to study their desired course or not. The screening process varies by University. Screening is usually the last step of the admission process.
#4. Determining Candidates Course Of Study
The university also has the responsibility of deciding if candidates meet the minimum requirements to study a course. Students who do not meet the requirements are either disqualified or advised to change course.
Who decides the Admission Process?
The admission process is not only the responsibility of one body. Both the University and the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board [JAMB] play important roles.
To gain admission into the University, you need to complete the requirements by both parties. Readers are to note that the University in this article stands for all tertiary institutions.
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